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branch generations

F 1, 2 SBT or A ? hey..

The classification and categorization of the different Savannah generations can be quite confusing, but we want to break it down here and simplify it for you.


When classifying generations, the letter (F) is used for the filial generation and a number (1, 2, 3, etc.) for how many generations the Savannah is from the serval. For example, a male serval mated to a domesticated female house cat   will result in a  F1 Savannah kitten.


When two Savannahs are bred together, the kitten is one generation behind the higher numbered parent. For example, an F2 Savannah female mated to an F6 Savannah male will result in an F3 Savannah kitten.


Savannah percentages are estimates of how much wild blood percentage is present in a Savannah kitten. The higher the percentage, the "wilder" a kitten is. The percentages can be more or less depending on the strength of the genes and the bloodline of the serval the Savannah is bred to.



Why are so many different letters needed to classify a Savannah? The purpose of these letters is to register Savannah kittens with TICA. The letters are used as a method of organization to explain the number of generations of Savannah matings that are in a Savannah pedigree or background.


A - a kitten has one parent that is a Savannah and a second parent that is not a Savannah.


B - a kitten has two "A" Savannah parents and one non-Savannah grandparent.


C - the kitten has two B Savannah parents, two A Savannah grandparents, and one non-Savannah great-grandparent.


SBT (Stud Book Tradition) - the kitten has two C Savannah parents, two B Savannah grandparents, two A Savannah great-grandparents, and one non-Savannah great-grandparent. An SBT Savannah is considered a purebred because a kitten has at least three generations of Savannah x Savannah in their pedigree. The first generation of the SBT is an F4 Savannah.



  • Serval x F3 C  = F1 A Kitten

  • Serval x F1A = F1A Kittens

  • F2B x F3A = F3B kittens

  • F4B x F4B = F5C kittens

  • F2B x F6C = F3C kittens

  • F1 A x F3 C = F2 B kittens

  • F2 A x F5 SBT = F3 B kittens

  • F1 A x F2 B = F2 B kittens

  • F4C x F5C = F5 SBT kittens

  • F3 C x F6 SBT = F4 SBT kittens

  •  F1 A x F4 SBT = F2 B kittens


colors and patterns

colors and patterns



Savannahs come in many unique colors like snow, blue, chocolate and even cinnamon. However, TIC Color A only accepts certain colors of Savannahs for participation in a cat show. The accepted colors are brown, silver, black and black smoke tabby cats. We only specialize in breeding brown spotted Savannah cats. We do not breed silver, black or black smoke Savannahs (TICA standards).


Agouti Cat: The Savannah is a breed that has hair with alternating bands of yellow and black pigment on the hair shaft. The banding on the hair is known as agouti. A DNA test can determine what type of agouti gene a Savannah has or carries. However, this can also be observed physically.


Savannahs also come in many different patterns such as rosette or marble, but again TICA only accepts spotted patterns. This is because the serval has a spotted coat pattern and a spotted Savannah best represents this trait of the serval. We try to stay away from non-standard patterns and only breed Savannahs with spotted coats. (TICA standard)



 Brown is the most popular Savannah color preferred by most people. Resembling its serval ancestor, a brown-spotted Savannah has a fierce, unique appearance. The brown hue can range from a cool to a warm tone and has a range of shades from tan to gold.


Agouti Cat (A-)


 Silver is the second most common color of the Savannah. It occurs when a specific inhibitor gene is present in a Savannah's DNA and the pigment in agouti hair is eliminated. Silver bands then appear in place of the brown bands, giving a silver coat color.


Agouti cat (A-) + inhibitor gene



 Black Savannahs look like they don't have spots, but when the lighting is perfect you can see dark spots. Black Smoke Savannahs have light roots that can appear throughout the coat, giving the coat a swirling, smoke-like effect. Neither the black nor black smoke coats have banding on the hair shaft, so they are considered non-agouti cats.


Black: non-agouti cat (AA)


Black Smoke: Non-Agouti Cat (AA) + Inhibitor Gene


General again:

*An agouti (also tabby or wild-colored) is a classic coat pattern. The name was derived from the name of South American rodents, the agoutis, in which the mottled coat color enables camouflage, just like in other wild animals, and thus represents a selective advantage.

*In cats, agouti (A) is wild type and dominant. The agouti gene causes thattabby-pattern is formed.

The nonagouti (a) mutation is recessive. A cat with genotype aa is solid color unless it is red or cream. The nonagoutialleleensures that the hair is not banded but dyed in one color. Only in young animals does the tabby pattern still appear asghost drawingthrough.


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